By definition, "Trauma" can mean many things to many people, including when used across different industries. But, for our purpose of definition at The Bridge to Recovery, we simply define trauma as any event(s) in one's life, during any stage of life, that causes pain.
Let's look even deeper into our definition:
During our lifetime we have many different experiences, or what we termed above as "events in one's life." From infancy to our golden years, we have both positive and negative experiences. In most cases, our minds and our bodies use our positive coping mechanisms to nurture the pain that comes with negative experiences, and heal from them. However, in some cases, that pain becomes unresolved, overwhelming, overlapping, and surmounting. This commonly occurs when we experience negative events during our early developmental years when our ability to use positive coping mechanisms has not matured or been taught to us; however, we can experience painful events throughout our lives. When this happens, individuals find themselves stuck in their pain, and may act out in ways that are not healthy. While “pain” may vary in severity and cause, it is at the root of negative maladaptive behaviors. These negative maladaptive behaviors become symptoms of the actual problem, which is unresolved pain-producing trauma.
To understand more about trauma work at The Bridge to Recovery, click over to What is Trauma? for more information.
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